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Guide to the Walter B. Beals Papers



Manuscript Collection No.: 0126
Creator: Beals, Walter B. , creator
Title: Walter B. Beals papers
Date Span: circa 1400-1951
Quantity: 66.00 cubic feet
Languages: Collection materials are inEnglish.




Biographical Note

Walter Burges Beals was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1876. Beals's family traveled west in 1897, and Beals enrolled in the newly founded University of Washington Law School; he and his future wife Othilia Carroll were members of the first graduating class of the school in 1901.

Beals served as a military officer in France during World War I and afterwards helped organize and found the American Legion. His legal career flourished in the 1920s, and in 1926, he accepted a position as judge of the Superior Court of King County. Beals became a member of the Washington State Supreme Court in 1928, a position he held until his retirement in 1950, twice holding the position of Chief Justice. Beals is perhaps best known for his work, in 1946-1947, as Presiding Judge at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremburg, the Nazi war trial known as the "Doctors' Trial."

Walter Beals was an avid collector of books, manuscripts, such as liturgical and religious manuscripts, and signatures, particularly those of European royalty. Beals also began creating albums as a young man, a hobby he continued throughout his life, collecting and soliciting signatures, manuscripts and other materials which he would mount on paper or vellum and bind into albums, often with leather covers. In his time, Beals was considered the greatest private collector of manuscripts and books in the Pacific Northwest.

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Inventory

  
Accession No. 0126-001
Walter B. Beals papers, 1946-1950
52.67 cubic feet
Scope and Content
Correspondence, reports, writings, notes, trial transcripts, etc.
This material documents Judge Beal's work as a judge at the International Military Tribunal war crime trials at Nuremburg.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Mrs. W. B. Beals, 1/1/1960.
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Accession No. 0126-002
Walter B. Beals papers, 1916-1951
6.14 cubic feet
Scope and Content
Correspondence, legal documents, writings, photographs, ephemera, abstract opinions.
This part of the collection documents Judge Beal's life and practice in Washington State as well as his hobby as a bibliophile and book and signature collector.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Mrs. Beals, 6/7/1946.

  
Accession No. 0126-008
Walter B. Beals papers, circa 1400-1940
5.92 cubic feet (10 volumes, 17 boxes)
Scope and Content
Signature collection: includes biographical notes and pictures with many of the signatures.
Ten bound volumes: vol. 1 - U.S. presidents, vice presidents and cabinet members, ca. 1800-1920; vol. 2-10 - Union and Confederate Army officers.
Boxes 1-17 represent Judge Beals' signature collection of 19th century American, French and English names. Also many French Revolution figures and some 15th and 16th century British royalty and nobility.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Retained by individual writers where copyright still applies.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Mrs. W. B. Beals, 9/1/1978.
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Accession No. 0126-009
Walter B. Beals correspondence, 1929-1936
.42 cubic foot
Scope and Content
Includes letters from Beals to Hitchman regarding collecting and general correspondence of Beal's half brother Edward Shell regarding popularizing reindeer meat.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Robert Hitchman, 1/29/1979.

  
Accession No. 0126-010
Walter B. Beals manuscripts, circa 1550-1928
.79 cubic foot
Scope and Content
Most of the manuscripts are French from the 16th century. There is one folder of court papers, ca. 1860, from various county courts in Oregon.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Beals, 7/15/1980.

  
Accession No. 0126-011
Walter B. Beals papers, circa 1800-1950
.03 cubic foot
Scope and Content
Genealogy, writing, correspondence, clippings, ephemera.
Genealogy of McMillan/MacMillan family ca. 1800-1945; typed transcript of 1850 writing; family correspondence concerning genealogical information 1947-1950; clippings, ephemera 1945.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Received 6/19/1985.

  
Accession No. 0126-012
Walter B. Beals correspondence
.03 cubic foot
1 folder (11 p.)
Scope and Content
Incoming letters, mainly from authors of books about Roger Williams.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Acquisition Info
Received 10/1/1996.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Beals, Walter B.--Archives.
Hitchman, Robert, creator.
International Military Tribunal, creator.
Shell, Edward, creator.
Last modified: May 17, 2016
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